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Xero Blog: Small Businesses Face Skills Gaps - Xero Can Help

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As the lifeblood of any economy, small businesses often face numerous challenges to stay afloat and thrive. One of these challenges is the growing skills gap, which hinders growth and productivity. Amid these issues, Xero, a cloud-based accounting software, has emerged as a knight in shining armour. This article explores Xero’s vital role in supporting the small business economy and how it provides the support small businesses need to thrive.

The Challenges Facing Small Businesses Owners

The Skills Gap

Many small businesses face a serious skills gap, particularly in accounting and bookkeeping. The lack of the right skills can be detrimental as it directly impacts cash flow and financial management.

Late Payments

According to Xero Small Business Insights Data, late payments cost small businesses a staggering £684 million, affecting their cash flow and operations.

How Xero Can Help

Tackle Late Payments

Xero offers features to help small businesses tackle late payments by providing automated invoice reminders. This helps to ensure that money belonging to small businesses is paid on time.

Digital Investments to Help Small Businesses

Xero regularly releases new technology and features to help small businesses move seamlessly online or remotely. These digital investments are designed to give small businesses even more support in these challenging times.

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Plan to Help Small Businesses

Xero’s Four-Point Recovery Plan

Xero recently unveiled a four-point recovery plan to ensure the nation’s resilient small businesses do not get left behind. The plan focuses on education and training, boosting digital skills and providing meaningful policy support.

Recommendations to the UK Government

Xero has also submitted a manifesto to the UK Government to deliver policy changes that will provide greater support for small businesses. The recommendations include measures to support faster payments for small businesses.

The Role of Accountants and Bookkeepers

Accountants play a vital role in helping small businesses overcome their challenges. Using Xero, accountants can provide small businesses with the right tools and advice to manage their finances efficiently. Xero enables accountants to act as advisors, helping small businesses to access the support they need.

The Impact on the Small Business Economy

Small Business Performance

Xero has supported small business performance, particularly during the pandemic. The software has helped businesses adapt to new working conditions, ensuring their survival and growth.

Future Accountants

Xero also invests in education and training to create a pool of current and future accountants well-equipped to support small businesses.

State of the industry: Three advisors on the challenges and opportunities ahead

Why Every Small Business Should Consider Xero

User-Friendly Interface

One of the main reasons why small business owners prefer to use Xero is its user-friendly interface. It helps them manage their finances without requiring a deep understanding of accounting.

Real-Time Data

Xero provides real-time, anonymised and aggregated data, allowing small businesses to make informed decisions based on current financial conditions.

Cash Flow Management

With features that allow businesses to manage invoices, payroll and expenses, Xero offers comprehensive solutions for managing cash flow.

Bottom Line

Small businesses face many challenges, including skills gaps and late payments. However, with the proper support, they can survive and thrive. Xero is committed to providing small businesses with this much-needed support. From tackling late payments to providing digital solutions and actionable plans, Xero is a one-stop shop for small businesses in need. With Xero’s support, small businesses can look forward to a brighter, more secure future.

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Xero is designed to make it easier for you to run and grow your business. Its features and services can help small business owners with their day-to-day tasks, from keeping track of finances to dealing with late payments. It also provides access to experts who can offer advice and support to businesses.

Late payment of invoices is a significant issue for small businesses in the UK; it is estimated that routine late payments cost them £684 million each year. In 2019, the Business Secretary will announce reforms to tackle late payments from large businesses to their small suppliers.

Technology has revolutionised the way many small businesses operate. Sophisticated software tools are now available to help business owners efficiently manage their finances, automate workflows or quickly track down customers. Technology has significantly improved the efficiency of many SMEs, allowing them to be more competitive in their industry.

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